One of the most successful pre-rock vocal groups, the Four Aces did well during the early '50s with a narrow range of pop material but burned out before decade's end. After failing to find a distributor for their debut single " It's No Sin," Alberts founded his own Victoria label to release the single. It became a big hit in late and sold a million copies. Signed to Decca before the end of the year, their debut single for the label, "Tell Me Why," just barely missed the top of the charts and sold a million copies as well. A few Top Ten hits followed during the early '50s before the theme to Three Coins in the Fountain hit number one in For several singles during , the group had been billed as the Four Aces Featuring Al Alberts; one year later, he departed for a solo career but never even reached the charts. They scraped the charts with a novelty song "Bahama Mama" and a rock take-off "Rock and Roll Rhapsody" , but failed to come through with any hits after Al Alberts continued to perform into the '90s, leading a newer edition of the act. Sign In. The Four Aces.
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The group's roots go back to the end of the s and a barbershop quartet-influenced outfit called Hal's Harmonizers, organized at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Butler University in Indiana by two brothers, Ross and Don Barbour. Their repertoire centered on standards such as "Moonglow" and "The Christmas Song," and they began to show an unusually free, improvisational approach to their harmony singing. A couple of membership changes brought Bob Flanigan, a cousin, into the fold alongside Hal Kratzsch, and suddenly the Four Freshmen were assembled in all but name, and that fell into place a little later. The group struggled for a long time, living hand-to-mouth while building a repertoire and a sound -- many people who've heard the group's records or are familiar with their sound are unaware that they were also completely self-contained instrumentally, each member playing more than one instrument and allowing the others to switch off to different roles. They came to attention of various jazz figures of the era, including Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton, and it was Kenton who took matters into his own hands, bringing the group to the attention of Capitol Records, where the bandleader had a longstanding relationship. Thus began a long and fruitful relationship with the label, initially under the guidance of arranger Pete Rugolo -- gigs followed on The Steve Allen Show then one of the top-rated entertainment showcases on television and with Ray Anthony's band; they also managed to make an appearance in the MGM movie Rich, Young and Pretty. They released their first LP, Voices in Modern, in and some dozen more 12" discs over the next five years ; that album was as impressive a jazz document as it was a vocal pop effort, showcasing the group members' playing as well as their singing and showing that these guys had lots of complex musical strings in their bow. It was on these albums that the quartet also showed itself to be a very smart outfit, not just in musical terms but logistically as well.
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Retro-rockers the Four Horsemen were one of many late-'80s groups that decided to look backward, not forward, for inspiration. Englishman Haggis born Stephen Harris first tasted fame in the mid-'80s when he was going by the handle of Kid Chaos, the bassist for flash-in-the-pan glam rockers Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction. A brief stint as rhythm guitarist in the Cult followed, after which he moved to L. Frequent touring followed and did much to streamline the group's live chops, and the Four Horsemen soon set to work on their full-length debut, Nobody Said It Was Easy, with producer Rick Rubin. Released by Rubin's Def American label, the record garnered mostly positive reviews and landed them opening slots on tours with Lynyrd Skynyrd and labelmates the Black Crowes, but didn't shift all that many units.
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